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Through its NSF ISSUES-X grant, the College of Natural Sciences is offering two faculty learning communities this academic year. Both are for CNS faculty only.

CNS New Faculty Learning Community

This one-year long learning community is designed for faculty members (tenure track) beginning their first or second year in CNS at CSUSB in Fall 2020. The institute will meet biweekly during the 2020-21 AY. The goals of this learning community are to provide faculty members with the safe space, support, and resources to best serve our students during this highly stressful time; and to build community and a sense of belonging among the participants. Participants will be expected to read about equity-minded evidence-based teaching practices and how people learn, as well as discuss and implement best practices in teaching and advising. The learning community will be facilitated by Sara Callori, Kimberley Cousins, Carol Hood, and Laura Woodney, part of the NSF-funded ISSUES-X team and Lisa Guzman, part of the DoE-funded A4US and CNS Advising team. Each participant who completes the NFLC requirements, and uploads course materials will be eligible for $1500. Some funding is also available for learning materials.

CNS Culturally Responsive Teaching Faculty Learning Community

This one-year long learning community, with an optional second year, is designed for CNS faculty members who have participated in a previous Faculty Learning Community (FLC) related to teaching and learning and are familiar with basic ideas of how people learn. Examples of prior work that may have prepared one for this FLC include but

are not limited to ISSUES-X STEM I FLC, New Faculty Learning Community, Summer On-Line Institutes offered by ISSUES-X or ATI, FLCs offered through the Teaching Resource Center or substantial opportunities for professional development related to teaching and learning offered by CSUSB, professional societies or other institutions.

The goals of this learning community are to provide faculty members with the safe space, support, and resources to discuss teaching and learning and to build community and a sense of belonging among the faculty participants. We will focus on the role of culturally responsive teaching in fostering student learning and students' sense of belonging. Participants will read about and discuss equity-minded, inclusive, evidence-based teaching practices and implement best practices in teaching. Members of the NSF-funded ISSUES-X team will facilitate the learning community.

The Culturally Responsive Teaching Faculty Learning Community (CRT-FLC) will begin with an Institute from 9am to noon on January 12 and 14th, followed by 2 hours once a month during Spring 2021. We will then have a second Institute during the summer of 2021 and continue meeting 2 hours once a month during Fall 2021. Each participant who completes the CRT-FLC requirements, including implementing a culturally responsive teaching practice and sharing the results, will be eligible for 3 units reassigned time during the 2021-22 academic year, or if necessary the monetary equivalent of 3 WTU in the form of a stipend. Participants are encouraged to use their reassigned time during Fall 2021, while they are implementing a culturally responsive teaching practice.